A desert adventure
Oman is the most beautiful part of the Arabian peninsula. This small-group tour uses fourwheel-drives to reach wild beaches, mountain Bedouin villages and travel deep into the hypnotic desert landscapes of the fabled Empty Quarter beloved of TE Lawrence.
Wild Frontiers (020 8741 7390; wildfrontierstravel.com) offers 11 days from £2,425 full board excluding flights; option to share tent/hotel rooms or pay £240 supplement. Departures October to February.
Active Sri Lanka
Seeking the sun but too restless to sit on a beach? Sri Lanka has plenty of active options, from back roads cycling and a stiff climb to watch the sunrise from Adam’s Peak to wild river-rafting in the Central Highlands and jungle safaris.